The Land O’ Lakes Planning and Beautification Committee plans to add 10 trees to its growing community apple orchard, located on the in-town walking trail near Land O’ Lakes Elementary School.

The committee’s volunteer orchard leader, Franklin Marfia, is seeking persons interested in learning more about apple tree planting in the North Woods to accompany him on a trip to Gilby’s Orchard just beyond Duluth, Minn., Saturday, May 11. 

This is an orchard specializing in the type of bare root dwarf apple trees Marfia is planting in the town orchard.

The six-hour class will be held May 11. Marfia’s departure time will be 5 a.m. in order to arrive for the 9 a.m. start time. Class will end at 3 p.m. Lunch is included in the $45 per person cost, and participants should be back in Land O’ Lakes by about 7 p.m. 

Although it will be a long day for participants due to the four-hour drive to the location of the class beyond Duluth, Marfia feels it is well worth the time and effort. 

“I took this class last year and I highly recommend it,” he said. “I will do all the driving, since the trees are bare root, they will easily fit in my SUV. 

“The important thing to know is that you would get invaluable knowledge about caring for, pruning, fertilizing and spraying your own apple trees,” added Marfia. 

Anyone interested should email Marfia at fmarfia­99@aol.com.

Reservations for three people are already confirmed. 

For more information, call committee chairwoman Barbara Nehring at 547-3333.

For more information on the class, potential participants can visit gilbysorchard.com.

The planning and beautification committee is also seeking volunteers to take part in its apple tree planting event which will be held on a suitable day during the week after Mother’s Day. Marfia will notify volunteers of the actual date and time once it’s decided. Anyone interested in volunteering may contact Marfia at his email address.

The committee also plans to host Marfia at the Land O’ Lakes Town Hall for a class on growing apples in the Land O’ Lakes area sometime in July, with the date to be announced.

As part of the orchard project, the planning and beautification committee, through the town of Land O’ Lakes, is applying for a Department of Natural Resources grant to offset 50% of future costs, namely an underground water line connection from the pavilion to the orchard; a shed to store all supplies and equipment; and apple tree and stake costs for 2020.

As part of the apple orchard project, linking with the committee’s in-town walking trail project, the committee is also working with area naturalist Rod Sharka and conservation specialist Quita Sheehan to map and then plant the area around the orchard and walking trail with wildflowers designed to attract pollinators.

These projects will also go hand-in-hand with the establishment of a town “library garden” with stops for resting and reading opportunities to be located in the walking trail section behind the Land O’ Lakes pavilion.

Persons interested in working on these and other town beautification projects are urged to join the Land O’ Lakes Planning and Beautification Committee.

For more information, contact Nehring at tradingpostint@gmail.com or (715) 547-3333 or town clerk Lynn Bybee at (715) 547-3255 or clerk@townoflandolakes.com.